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Symposia and Lectures

Spring Garden Festival: Plant Sale and MORE!

May 2, 2015

Celebrate spring in the garden at this new and one-of-a-kind horticultural event open to gardeners of all experiences. The Festival plant sale is free to all and features a rich blend of local vendors (see list below) specializing in unique and artfully grown plant material and hand-crafted artwork for the garden. The day also offers a fine lineup of lectures by leading garden professionals from coast to coast and cutting-edge hands-on workshops. A small fee allows you in to all lectures and workshops. 

Click here to purchase advance tickets.

See a complete listing of lectures, workshops, and vendors below, and click here for a program.
Lectures include:

"Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design" with Chris Woods, Founding Executive Director of Chanticleer Pleasure Garden in Wayne, PA

"Captivating Containers" with Dan Benarcik, currently a gardener at Chanticleer

Gregg Tepper, a native plant enthusiast who will be talking about the "Sensory Experience of Native Plants." 

Attention Garden Clubs: Purchase ten or more regular or premier tickets in advance and receive a 20% discount at checkout. (VIP Admission excluded.)

Spring Festival Tickets 


Spring Garden Festival Vendors

Instinsic Perennials
Lundberg Nursery
Benedict's Nursery
Glasgow Greenhouses
Michiana Orchid Society
Bob Crowder
Hands On Clay
Carnivorous Plants by Doug Osman
Vicki Cook
Lynne Tan
Chicagoland Gardening Magazine
Smart Gardening with Michigan State University Extension 
Planting Hope in Michigan
Great Lakes Orchids
The Pewter Shop
Forest Field and Shore Design
Blue Star Produce
Water Street Glassworks 


Saving Lake Michigan

Thursday, May 28, noon

Three board members of the League of Women Voters of the Lake Michigan Region will present the program “Saving Lake Michigan” on Thursday, May 28, at noon. Learn more about the work of the LWV Lake Michigan Region to protect the lake and current threats to the lake, including stormwater contamination and non-point source pollution, like the Lake Erie algae blooms that forced the closure of the Toledo, Ohio, drinking water system.

The program is co-sponsored by Fernwood and the League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties. A buffet lunch will be served prior to the program for $14.00. Reservations required by May 24. Use PayPal or call Fernwood at 269.695.6491. 

Joel Greenberg

Joel Greenberg
On Contested Ground: The Changing Nature of the Prairie Forest Ecotone

Saturday, September 19, 2:00–4:00pm

When the first Europeans arrived at the southern end of Lake Michigan in the 1670s, they encountered a rich and diverse landscape largely carved by the last great glacial incursion. Grasslands dominated the flat areas that burned regularly, with transitional savannas and shrublands thriving where the flames appeared less frequently. In ravines and along the eastern shores of rivers, where the burning was infrequent, forests reined. Interspersed were varying kinds and sizes of lakes and wetlands, from Lake Michigan to the Kankakee Swamp encompassing up to a million acres. This was a great ecotone where the prairies competed with forests.

Joel Greenberg, author of A Natural History of the Chicago Region and Of Prairie, Woods, and Water, takes a look at how this area has changed over the course of the last 300 years. Much has been lost, some has been saved, and there is much that can be done to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the natural beauty that remains.

Greenberg’s books will be available for purchase and he will sign books following the lecture.

$25 (Members $20)

Register by September 17




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